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Skeletons

by Austin Taft

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1.
Skeletons 03:58
Sick of this reality -- this never-ending fallacy With gums filled with blood like a sacrificial slut I will cut through the language that feeds from the TV "Who's behind the door? I don't want this anymore Whoever you are, or whatever it is Stay away from my god and my kids Don't need to be reminded of my skeletons" This lacking of profanity is weighing on my sanity But I'll make you dirty like the clerics in the clergy I'll burn down the chapels and bathe in controversy "Who's behind the door? I don't want this anymore Whoever you are, or whatever it is Stay away from my god and my kids Don't need to be reminded of my skeletons" This ethical deficiency welcomes inefficiency I'm leading the revolt against democracy and polls You're hemorrhaging every single lie you've ever told And you can try to fuck with me if you'd like to kiss the concrete Like a sentinel watching cities drowning in a flood The gun's filled with slugs; I'm about to pull the plug "Who's behind the door? I don't want this anymore Whoever you are, or whatever it is Stay away from my god and my kids Don't need to be reminded of my skeletons Who's behind the door? I don't want this anymore Whoever you are, or whatever it is Stay away from my god and my kids Don't need to be reminded of my skeletons Don't need to be reminded of my skeletons Don't need to be reminded of my skeletons"
2.
Endless Sky 07:55
How do I escape? How do I escape from the boredom, The feeling that I'm concealing my potential? The hands on the clock keep turning Reaffirming that with every day that I remain here I move further away from who I'm supposed to be Stuck and slaving away for vermin Exhausting my mind and soul for inadequacy All that I should be, I'm not This is what failure looks like This is my fault These scum fucks are dirt, bile, liars The most fraudulent, the most counterfeit And they impede my growth because I let them My lungs are filled with shit, and I cannot breathe Do good things come to those who wait? A joke born from weak will and distorted perception I have the capacity Let me cut this rope and free myself Now -- In a flash, I'm alive On my own, I can dream of an endless sky In the flesh, I've arrived On my own, I can dream of an endless sky Now at last, I'm alive On my own, I can dream of an endless sky I'm amassed, I've arrived On my own, I can dream of an endless sky I have survived My ambitions remain, and this world is without limit The colors of the surrounding firmament multiply inside my eye I'm heading upstairs -- heading up there -- teleporting out of range Boundless is this calming reverie -- never-ending, immeasurable Time is trivial -- the horrid suffering gone and only peace remains Now Now Now -- In a flash, I'm alive On my own, I can dream of an endless sky In the flesh, I've arrived On my own, I can dream of an endless sky Now at last, I'm alive On my own, I can dream of an endless sky I'm amassed, I've arrived On my own, I can dream of an endless sky I have survived My ambitions remain, and this world is without limit
3.
A temple of innovation reduced to forgery The wheels have fallen off the bus, but the pedal is to the floor And here we are -- let's celebrate our apathy, our negligence and sorrow Gather us in, take your seats, remain orderly And "Good afternoon, 682; hey, we're just fine, and how are you? Thanks, but no thanks -- this is where the ride stops and you get off We will show you to the door" It's like ripping off a band aid A minor adjustment, and we are on our way Consider this a price we choose to pay You can only sell your soul if you have one The shareholders are on patrol and they want blood These folks are family Let's throw them to the wolves I support this strategy Deep down, I pine for the days of yesteryear It was when we had less that every piece meant more But we've come this far // we're in too deep I am the shepherd // you, my sheep We'll fly this plane straight into the ground I just hope my parachute will open out You can only sell your soul if you have one The shareholders are on patrol and they want blood These folks are family Let's throw them to the wolves I support this strategy I support this strategy I support this strategy
4.
The Ladder 09:08
Never mind me while I steal your shit While I stab your back And I smile wide Never mind me while I cut your throat And I take your pride for my trophy case Enslaved, ungrateful, and happy as can be I'm climbing up the ladder, and you can't stop me Money in my fucking hand Power in my fucking head Excess is my god And damaged is my self-respect I'm working just to fill a hole that only I have left My ego is my joy And perfect is my dialect To speak the corporate language that these pricks all want to hear Money in my fucking hand Power in my fucking head Betraying a trust for a tiny reward The carrot is dangling in front of my face I will sell you out to any bidder that gives me a taste Operating under the guise of a friend A two-faced fuck is what I am This chosen duplicity is justified just to go up a rung I'm climbing up the ladder I'm climbing up the ladder I'm climbing up the ladder, and I'm happy as can be I'm climbing up the ladder I'm climbing up the ladder I'm climbing up the ladder, and you can't stop me I'm climbing up the ladder I'm climbing up the ladder I'm climbing up the ladder, and I'm happy as can be I'm climbing up the ladder I'm climbing up the ladder I'm climbing up the ladder, and you can't stop me
5.
Idle minds sleep soundly Awaken from your dreams There's a world outside, beyond the screen The days seem strangely cloudy The night can bring no peace Our guard has been let down Liberty screams All around me All around me Diminishing returns We missed the call to action Distracted in our cloud So far from heaven and on our knees Where once was strength in numbers, there now remains the weak Inertia seeks to paint its greatest masterpiece Everything we get, some deserve The sheep will blindly hang on every word All around me All around me Diminishing returns I'm drowning Does it hurt you to know that we have allowed this? You are just as much at fault as I Across the hemisphere The point of no return is dangerously near It's a wonder we can still breathe Separate a mother from a son from a father from a daughter Things will never be the same Keeping kids in cages while the true terrorists are held blameless Can there be a greater shame? The only thing to fear is ourselves
6.
Time and time again, we are given choice and given voice But we speak primitively with our tongues Swiftly and collectively accelerating toward the wall Who is to blame? Follow the trail of crumbs Lacking the spine to do what's right In the company of thieves Driven by their false beliefs Warped in their philosophy Sustained by greed Heavyweight champions of deceit And now our bones are in pain We sense what we've done, desperate to look away But the clouds are approaching; still we remain Faced with the truth; it is going to rain What are the chances that we will be fine? What are the chances that all will be okay? What is at stake in this time of change? What are the chances that we will be saved? Just above Just above Just above zero Opportunity after opportunity after Opportunity after opportunity squandered Opportunity after opportunity after Opportunity after opportunity squandered It has taken us a long time in the blink of an eye Alighting from a shadow's bite and forgetting how to fly What are the chances that we will be fine? What are the chances that all will be okay? What is at stake in this time of change? What are the chances that we will be saved? Just above Just above Just above zero Just above Just above Just above zero
7.
The Line 07:45
The innocents have had it with the failures The innocents have shown composure and given time The guilty, the immoral, free to target -- plague without restraint The arrogance is left unchecked; entitlement runs wild Intimidate within a place we've trusted to be safe To keep our sisters out of harm's way But everything is broken Just how many lives have felt the strain of ethics, honor, self-control -- corroded and decayed? We've found our voice We know our strength This truth will liberate We know our light We know our power And you should be afraid You're moving, you're moving So very, very close to the line You're crossing the boundary We see you, and there's nowhere left to hide No pain can be undone And not all suffering can be overcome How many more stories have we not yet heard? Phallus in hand, attempted force Label the victim as a whore Every account swiftly ignored Fuck the protectors Fuck the silent There is no savior for you Our angels will have justice This world belongs to the pure and true You fucking coward You fucking liar You'll get yours, motherfucker We shine brighter and brighter still You're moving, you're moving So very, very close to the line You're crossing the boundary We see you, and there's nowhere left to hide You're moving, you're moving So very, very close to the line You're crossing the boundary We see you, and there's nowhere left to hide We shine brighter
8.
Unraveling 12:02
No faith, no fight No dreams, no light I hope you drown in your alcohol I hope you overdose on your shit I hope you choke on the air that you've sucked out from everyone else I want to burn your eyes I want to set them on fire I know what you're like I feel betrayed The future is so black it frightens me I hope I drown in my alcohol I hope I drown I hope I overdose on my shit I hope I overdose I hope I fucking choke on the air that I've sucked out from everyone else I want to burn my eyes I want to set them on fire I know what I'm like I feel betrayed The future is so black it frightens me Pain, pain is mine I deserve everything I've received I feel betrayed The future is so black it frightens me Pain, pain is mine I deserve everything I've received I've seen just who I am And I have never known a hate that feels like this A hate that stings like this I can feel myself slipping This helplessness overtakes each moment And I cannot see past this eventuality Every lie before me My mouth has dried from death of faith Beneath a broken sky The burial of my desire My ambition lost My potential gone Left to witness the untying, the unraveling of a web, my sanctuary Everything that I have built, everything that I have loved Taken from me, piece by piece My grip has weakened, and I am only meters from the edge This unraveling of my home is the undoing of my soul This unraveling of my soul is the undoing of my home This unraveling of my home is the undoing of my soul This unraveling of my soul is the undoing of my home This unraveling of my home is the undoing of my soul This unraveling of my soul is the undoing of my home This unraveling of my home is the undoing of my soul This unraveling of my soul is the undoing of my home
9.
I don't know what to do with this I am at a loss for words I have tried to never lie, and I have tried to be kind And through my sincerity, I have failed In this moment, I am drowning in misbelief And attachment is synonymous with deceit Trust is an illusion; understanding is a myth And I am left on the other end, powerless The road to happiness is paved with aches The road to happiness is paved with pain The road to happiness is paved with sorrow And this road stretches onward for miles ahead Time will pass; how will I feel? Will these bruises fade away or grow pale? There is a chance for learning after every burning But I don't want to learn anymore The road to happiness leaves me bitter The road to happiness leaves me tired The road to happiness leaves me dejected And this road is a road with no end in sight

about

The new album. Intense, challenging, unique and unpredictable (if the aim has been achieved). Self-described as “Prog-Metal-That-Sometimes-Isn't”.


"It’s hard to believe that one man accomplishes the quality, chemistry, technical proficiency, musical beauty, and emotion that ring resonantly in the nine song, 71-minute long piece of artistry that is Skeletons. [...] If you enjoy music that is complex yet emotional, experimental yet intelligible, and dark yet inspiring, you’ll definitely want to give Skeletons a spin – or ten."

- Kat Knite, The Independent Voice (from a review of "Skeletons")


"Every second is worth a listen. [...] You probably don’t know of Austin Taft, but you need to."

- Anthony Welch, The Riff Rag (from a review of "Skeletons")


"Taft has an abundance of talent that is blatantly evident on this album.
If this is an example of his unleashed skeletons, then let's hope he has plenty more to set free for future recordings!"

- Claire Bannister, Powerplay Magazine (from a review of "Skeletons")

credits

released October 30, 2020

This album was written, performed, produced and recorded by Austin Taft.
Cover image by Aaron Listen.

All songs recorded at Amber Sound Studios, Colorado Springs, CO.
All songs (C)Austin Taft.
Published by Timewave Music Publishing (ASCAP).

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Austin Taft Colorado Springs, Colorado

Drummer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist focused on making unique and intriguing music – whatever that should entail. The new album, “Skeletons”, has been self-described as “Prog-Metal-That-Sometimes-Isn't”. The album before that was acoustic-focused.
So...you never know what you're going to get (hopefully).
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